Children & Matrimonial Finance

Chambers’ family team is renowned for the strength and depth of its practitioners in both public and private child law and family finance law.

Members have appeared in some of the most significant reported cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, with many Members being accredited in the Legal 500.

Children (Public Law)

Chambers has a dedicated children (public law) team that prides itself on being able to offer and experienced, proactive, efficient and approachable service.

Individual members are regularly instructed by Local Authorities, Guardians and parents to assist with complex care proceedings. Chambers provides advice and assistance to those involved in Child Protection, from the initial concerns until conclusion. Chambers is highly regarded for its consistently strong team and the ability of all members to provide empathic advice and support to parents and family members involved in often protracted proceedings. Chambers provides expertise in cases involving NAI, NAHI, fabricated and induced illness, child sex abuse and adoption.

Recent instructions include:

  • High Court care order proceedings relating to the medical treatment of a gravely ill 10-month-old child and the wishes of her parents who had learning disabilities
  • High Court fact finding concerning allegations of physical abuse, inter-sibling sexual abuse and sexualised behaviour
  • High Court fact finding following the death of an 8-month old baby

Children (Private Law)

Chambers’ Children (private law) deals with private law disputes, including applications to remove from the jurisdiction, contact and residence disputes requiring Finding of Fact hearings, Specific Issue Orders relating to medical treatment and education and emergency applications. In recognition of the high emotional and financial costs of family conflict, Team members are equally skilled in negotiating realistic settlements at all stages in the proceedings. Chambers is also able to offer a full mediation service.

Recent instructions include:

  • A successful appeal to the Court of Appeal that a judge had failed to give sufficient reasons why shared care arrangements in which three children spent equal time with each parent during term-time was in their best interests
  • Successfully resisting an appeal to the Court of Appeal that a judge had erred in her order for contact arrangements
  • Successfully resisting an appeal to the Court of Appeal that a judge had erred in refusing to direct contact with a child’s father then there had been no contact for several years and the child was opposed to contact

Domestic Violence & Injunctions

Chambers’ family team is able to provide advice and representation in relation to all aspects of personal protection and is adept at dealing with the speed and sensitivity required by such applications.

The team has significant experience of non-molestation and occupation orders.

Family Finance

Chambers’ dedicated family finance team undertakes a broad range of financial cases with team including members recommended in the Legal 500. The team represents high net worth individuals and more modest means with equal vigour and sensitivity.

As well as acting for clients in relation to financial matters ancillary to a petition to divorce, members of the team include those who also practice in property, trust and business law allowing the team to give focused, specialist advice in the most intricate of disputes and cases which may fall outside of the traditional ancillary relief ambit.

The team’s expertise extends to agricultural disputes, private companies, international and offshore assets, partnerships and trusts; ante and post nuptial agreements; co-habitation agreements; same–sex separations; intervention applications; claims under TOLATA and financial remedies under Schedule 1 of the Children Act; injunctive relief, enforcement and variation.

Our barristers can provide specialist advice in conference, in writing or by telephone and can offer a highly skilled advocacy and negotiation service at all stages of the process, including intervention, injunctive relief, enforcement and variation, mediation and arbitration.

Our team prides itself on having the right balance between giving pragmatic advice and adopting a client-friendly approach whilst we endeavour to provide a cost effective service without sacrificing quality.

Recent instructions include:

  • Proceedings relating to post separation royalty payments for books written during the marriage and how they were to be apportioned following death
  • Proceedings involving the termination of joint lives periodical payments where the wife argued her personal health circumstances prevented her from seeking employment